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    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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Cascade River Road Wash-Out

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Date: August 12, 2013
Contact: Rosemary Seifried, Wilderness Information Center Supervisor, 360-854-7243

Marblemount, WA – August 12, 2013 – Thunderstorms moved through the western part of North Cascades National Park during the afternoon and early evening of Sunday, August 11, 2013 dumping heavy rain within a short period of time. This caused the Cascade River Road to wash out at its junction with Boston Creek, stranding approximately 25-35 vehicles parked at the Cascade Pass Trailhead 1½ miles above the washout. Sixty-five stranded people stayed the night in their vehicles.

National Park Service employees are on site assisting those stranded by the wash-out. The wash-out is estimated to be approximately 15 feet deep and 40-60 feet wide. Plans have been developed to build a temporary one-lane road to allow stranded vehicles to leave the area as soon as possible, possibly by the end of the day. The National Park Service has made contact with friends and family members of the stranded hikers to inform them of the situation.

Cascade Pass is one of the most popular destination hikes in North Cascades National Park. The trailhead is located approximately 23 miles from the junction of the Cascade River Road and Highway 20. The Cascade River Road is closed to the public at the park boundary at milepost 18 until further notice.

For information on alternative hikes in the park, please call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-854-7245.

Cascade River Road Wash Out. Visitors stranded on the far side of the washed out section. NPS PhotoCascade River Wash Out - Boston Creek NPS Photo

 

Did You Know?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.